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About Us

FOY Life was inspired by a life changing diagnosis. We had a choice to either let the effects of not living a life in balance, set the ground work for how we would live the rest of our life, or instead choose the path towards health, awareness and light.

We passionately decided to build a community that not only assists in the healing process, but encourages personal responsibility to maintain and advance well-being. These alternative healing therapies have been instrumental in the complete reversal of damage that was done when not focusing on longevity.

As children, wellness was not a topic spoken about or part of our educational system. We weren’t taught to put ourselves first, nor reflect internally on what was best for us to live a long and healthy life.

We now understand the need for alternative healing options and education, at all ages, that can encourage sustainable progress in the healing journey.

We decided to bring the most effective healing options and educational opportunities together in one convenient location. By doing so, we are offering a space to allow comprehensive coordinated care in a community of healers where we work together to focus on all our needs.

We are passionate about inspiring others to live their best life and we’re excited to simplify the journey towards health, wellness, longevity, and a Fountain of Youth (FOY) Life for everyone through our teas, therapies, education, and community.

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  • "With the combination of medicinal teas and the newest alternative healing therapies, you will improve your life."

    Mark C, Agoura Hills, CA

  • "FOY Life's expertise, education, and guidance will help get your body, mind, and spirit back in balance. Your experience with alternative healing will be life changing!"

    Nancy P, La Quinta, CA

  • "Following FOY Life's Medicinal Tea recommendations, you will be able to reduce your depression, stress and anxiety in no time."

    Jeff A, Thousand Oaks, CA

  • "What is better than being able to drive to just ONE location where you can get all your healing requirements met. FOY Life will make your life so much easier."

    Robyn B, Westlake Village, CA

  • "FOY Life is the only health center -- ever -- where you will be recognized by name, remembered, and valued with every visit. You will no longer just be a body known only by your digital ID. You will feel like you belong to the entire FOY Life family and that your well-being matters. What a difference FOY Life will make in your life!"

    Kate M, Encino, CA

Our Amazing Team

It is with pleasure and privilege that we offer some of the most talented and experienced artists in our community and together we look forward to bringing balance to your life.

Deanna Farnell

Co-Founders with their girls

"Shine bright so others can see in the dark"

- Deanna Farnell

Deanna is the Chief Visionary at FOY Life. Her vision is to help people create a holistic lifestyle that goes far beyond traditional health fads and quick fixes. It’s about creating a community that offers full-service health and wellness solutions to promote the body’s own healing capabilities in a warm, nurturing environment. Deanna is a licensed CPA with 25 years of experience growing companies from the ground up. She was recognized as the 2018 CFO of the year in Los Angeles County, just before her diagnosis. She is proud of this accomplishment but even prouder to realize that work does not define her and the person she wants to become through her own healing journey. She lives with Jeff and they raise their children together in Thousand Oaks, CA.

Jeff McGinley

Co-Founder

"Learn how to get high on life naturally"

- Jeff McGinley

Jeff is the Chief Retail and Holistic Education Officer at FOY Life. His passion is helping people learn the newest, cutting-edge holistic therapies to achieve health and wellness. He believes everyone is capable of taking care of their own health needs, but also wants others to know they have a strong support system at FOY Life to lean on if and when needed. Jeff is the architect of FOY Life’s learning initiatives. His goal is to provide a place where health is a lifestyle “journey” not just a destination. Jeff has over 30 years of experience in the Health and Wellness industry.

Xavier Brian Wallace

Director of Yoga and Nutrition

"Healing has no ceiling"

- Xavier Brian Wallace

Xavier is a yoga instructor, Holistic Health Advisor, and Poet. In 2014 a motorcycle accident left him gravely injured for nearly a year. On his journey to wellness, he found the therapeutic powers of yoga and experienced the vital role nutrition played in his body's ability to heal. After a miraculous recovery, he decided to leave over a decade of employment in the tech industry behind to pursue a newfound passion for health. Since graduating Soulplay Yoga in Culver City, Los Angeles in 2017 he has taught regularly at Equinox, Lulu Lemon, Sweat Yoga, and Soulplay Yoga. He has also worked alongside various community centers and nonprofit organizations teaching teens mindfulness techniques to cope with the realities of everyday stress. On his time off he can be seen on stage reciting poetry or deepening his yoga practice to eclectic tunes with his dog of 11 years by his side.

Amanda McNutt

Therapy Director

"First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, DARE ~ Walt Disney "

- Amanda McNutt

Amanda was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in her early twenties. A former collegiate athlete, it was difficult for her to cope when she was suddenly living with zero energy. Researching her condition she was able to put her illness on the back burner with clean eating. This perked Amanda's interest into other channels of holistic healing. She quit her teaching job and immediately went to massage school. Today Amanda is a CAMTC licensed massage therapist, NASM certified personal trainer, Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist, and Kinstretch instructor. She is currently taking courses in Nutrition, Yoga Anatomy, Aromatherapy and Corrective Exercise. She uses all her skills to help create a place of healing at FOY Life.

Justine SanFilippo

Energy Healing/Nutrition

"Helping people find their balance in Mind, Body and Spirit"

- Justine SanFilippo

Justine is a Certified Energy Master, Certified Health and Wellness Coach and has herMasters in Nutrition. Justine is the author of the book “Lose your Inches Without Losing Your Mind! - 10 Simple Weeks to a Slimmer Waistline and a Healthier You,” which you can find at FOY. After losing 45 lbs herself, she found her passion for helping others achieve their health and weight loss goals by understanding nutrition and what works best for them. She also helps clients on a spiritual level with energy healing sessions to help balance their mind, body and spirit. Justine enjoys teaching others about how to navigate their spiritual path and wants to reassure them that all this “weird” stuff is normal! She loves to help her clients cleanse and clear their energy, release emotional blocks, and guide them on their life path.

Melissa Paulo

Yoga Instructor/Sound Healing

"I hold the space, you are the healer"

- Melissa Paulo

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ca, Melissa currently reside in the Topanga area. She believes in expansion, growth, and is always inspired by her love of travel and exploration. She has had the opportunity to visit many beautiful parts of the world, but one of the greatest journeys she has embarked on is the journey within. This path also led her to Meditation, Yoga & the power of Sound Healing. The trajectory of her life has and continues to unfold in unforeseen ways since she made the choice to complete her yoga teacher training at Inner Power Yoga and now, she is so grateful to teach classes of her own. Her intention is to share the wisdom and practices she has and continues to learn as she grows and evolve personally and spiritually. Her hope, is that it will aid in inspiring you on your own unique path into the luminous inner peace and joy available within.

Lisa Rauschenberger

Energy Healing

"May your hands be an extension of your heart, and may you do the work of love with them ~Aja Monet"

- Lisa Rauschenberger

Lisa knew she wanted to become an Energy Practitioner after first feeling the effects of it’s calm and peaceful energy in a yoga class. This energy helped her body and mind heal after a difficult year of contracting the shingles, and having hip surgery within months of each other. She feels pulled to share this wonderful healing modality, helping others to “unkink” a stagnant hose of energy. Give yourself the gift of self care with a “soul massage”. You are worth it.

Natalie Macam

Yoga Instructor/Meditation

"Come home to yourself"

- Natalie Macam

Natalie offers yoga and meditation classes suited to all levels and a diverse range of styles. She is a regular contributor to LA Yoga and Namaskar magazines and has been one of Shiva Rea’s senior assistants for 6 years. After experiencing a deep shift in her core through various healing experiences with meditation, yoga and essential oils, she decided to focus on becoming a professional wellness and yoga educator expanding her guidance through health coaching and natural solutions. She is also a classical Indian music devotee studying with Kamini Natarajan.

Devin Geser, LAc

Acupuncture

"Get to the Point and move FOY-ward"

- Devin Geser, LAc

Devin Geser, L.Ac. is an alchemist yogi with 25+ years of practice who makes acu-magic with tiny magic wands. She stands firmly in the science of acupuncture, having trained in integrative functional medicine but also speaks the shamanic languages of the healers. A California board certified and licensed acupuncturist, Devin is also an herbal pharmacologist and integrative nutritionist as well as a meditation, hypnotherapy, qi gong and yoga teacher. Booking a session with Devin will transform your health, helping you get to the point and unlock your FOY though acupuncture and alchemy.

Sabrina Kirkland

Acupuncture

"When in balance, miracles happen"

- Sabrina Kirkland

Sabrina enrolled in Hypnosis Motivation Institute (HMI), the country’s first naturally accredited hypnotherapy program. While attending HMI, she became interested in alternative medicine of connecting the mind-body-spirit. Upon graduating HMI, Sabrina began to explore additional holistic therapies to incorporate into her hypnotherapy practice such as Reiki and reflexology. In 2001, Sabrina took her healing practice one step further by incorporating the respected ancient healing principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM. After a 4-year intense study at YoSan University, she graduated with a Masters degree in TCM , California Licensed Acupuncturist, diplomat of Oriental medicine. Sabrina’s mission as a holistic practitioner is to promote and facilitate a healthy balance between mind-body-spirit and assist each person on their own healing journey.

Doris Mullen

Licensed Marriage/Family Therapist

"Stepping through the threshold of the unconscious mind invites new potential"

- Doris Mullen

Doris has a master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in depth psychology, facilitating clients in uncovering issues that have been deeply buried. She uses a variety of approaches including dreams and images as well as popular cognitive behavioral therapy to move toward healing. Doris is married, has two adult children and understands that moving through life’s stages and shifting roles can be challenging. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and has served on the board of a local chapter for 2 years. She loves to paint, hike with her dog Hunter, have a meal with friends, and read by the fire.

Jessica Brown

Yoga Instructor

"Create a space to be fully present and engaged while peeling away the layers to reveal your authentic self"

- Jessica Brown

Jessica is a small-town girl from Texas, but loves the grandness of life. She is a mother of two daughters, married to her best friend, and has lived in 8 different countries. Being an athlete for many years has taught her dedication, commitment, and perseverance. Practicing yoga daily is a graceful way for Jessica to explore, notice, mend, seek space within, and shine light on the places that are exposed through the breath. Finding the path of yoga continually humbles Jessica. As a life-long student of the practice seeking growth and deeper connection, she has been gifted the opportunity to teach the practice to others.

Kelly Towry

Esthetician

"We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams"

- Kelly Towry

Barbara Wood

Massage Therapist

"Never, never, never give up"

- Barbara Wood

Barbara Wood is a highly experienced massage therapist who began her career in 2002 in Ojai, California. Her first job was working in a Chiropractic office, where she learned a variety of skills from both chiropractor, fellow massage therapists, and an endless parade of clients in need of serious body work. In 2013 she returned to Ojai School of Massage to take extended courses on body work. There, she received certificates in deep tissue and sports massage, pregnancy massage, hot stone massage and cupping. Barbara has always had a keen interest and curiosity in the functionality of human anatomy. Barbara was, and continues to be, involved in athletic endeavors. Swimming, running and rowing have been a constant in her life. She strongly believes her athletic experiences have been crucial in her success as a massage therapist.

Maria Eddings

Massage Therapist

"You shine so that through you, others can see"

- Maria Eddings

Maria has been working as a massage therapist in Southern California for over 30 years. As a seasoned therapist, she has seen the practice move beyond just an occasional luxury experience to becoming a necessity. Thus, her values in the practice have evolved to a belief that massage therapy should be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. If you have a modern wellness practice, massage is in perfect alignment with that philosophy. It is both a therapy for not just pain relief but emotional relief as well. In her personal practice with clients, she likes to combine the technical modality of massage - using touch to manipulate soft-tissue muscles of the body, with this holistic philosophy of massage to aid in one’s overall well-being. Maria has four grown children, loves to spend time with her grandchildren, hike in nature and garden.

Doug Milliron

Yoga Instructor

"Find joy in the world and the world will find joy in you"

- Doug Milliron

Yoga was something that Doug discovered while in graduate school, a way for those in the program to warm-up one's body and gain flexibility. Once he moved to Los Angeles his desire to deepen his practice lead him to a class, then a membership, then a teacher training and finally teaching. Doug has been blessed to lead people through their yoga practice for the past 6 years. During those years he has taught over 1,700 classes including opportunities to work with the LA Dodgers, LA Rams, Lululemon, Sierra Canyons and many other groups around Los Angeles. Usually starting class with a story, poem, or anecdote, Doug threads together body, movement, music, intention, and dristi into a tapestry of Joy. It is his hope that you leave class more grounded and elated, finding gratitude for your practice and an appreciation for yourself and your blessings.

Janean Cook

Yoga Instructor

"Yoga is when every cell of the body sings the song of the soul ~ B.K. Iyengar"

- Janean Cook

Janean’s path of yoga has been a journey of learning, unlearning, self discovery, self care and healing over the last 15 years. She believes it begins with movement and breath, leading to the deeper layers of the authentic self. That’s where the healing begins, that’s where the magic begins.

Vicky Mikell

MELT Method® Instructor

"We were created to love and be loved; to be happy and enjoy good health for a lifetime"

- Vicky Mikell

Vicky is a MELT Method® Instructor who trained directly under the creator of MELT. Her professional field is a Certified Classical Pilates Instructor who loves to coach people in movement. She has led private and group fitness classes. Her training in MELT helped her understand that MELT is a compliment to all disciplines of movement, as well as a catalyst for optimal performance and dynamic transformation. She can help you discover how to find stability in movement, connect your body with your mind, and rebalance your nervous system. You too can uncover the secret of how to create a balanced body and enjoy an active pain-free lifestyle. Vicky is committed to continuing education and advanced training, and has a passion to help people, often incorporating her belief in the healing benefits of essential oils.

Kerri Christensen

Wholesale Account Manager

"Everyday is a chance to change your perspective"

- Kerri Christensen

Kerri is the Wholesale Account Manager at FOY Life. She has both owned and managed multi-faceted businesses over the past two decades. She is passionate about helping people and motivating those around her. Kerri’s dedication to health and fitness can be seen in her daily life through her fitness and health conscious mindset.

Steven Bavin

Culinary Director

"The love for all creatures is the most noble attribute of man ~ Charles Darwin"

- Steven Bavin

Steve is the Food Director at FOY Life in addition to being a writer, editor and producer. With over twelve years of experience in the food service industry as a cook and operations manager he has turned his focus to creating plant-based wholesome foods into amazing dishes and products that promote wellness and a sustainable diet.

Taylor Linquata

Holistic Wellness Admin

"The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters ~ Audrey Hepburn "

- Taylor Linquata

Every day I wake up, take a sip of coffee and say today is going to be a great day. I believe that you get out of life what you put into it. I have a passion for skincare and am working towards going to school to become an esthetician. After a long day my favorite way to relax is watching TV with my boyfriend and our dogs.

Marci Sinclair

Massage Therapist

"Never give up"

- Marci Sinclair

Marci graduated from National Holistic Institute in 1998, with a specialization in deep tissue, as well as neck and shoulder injuries. After experiencing her own neck and shoulder injuries and being told surgery would be her own way out of pain; Marci continued to educate herself about the body so she could heal herself and others through massage and self-care preservation. Continuing on her educational journey Marci plans to take an oncology course in the spring and enjoys volunteering at hospitals and hospice care facilities. Marci is a huge animal lover and would rescue every dog if she could.

Emma Cairo

Nordic Music Magic

"There is deep wisdom in our ancestors’ practices. Let’s reconnect with them and with nature."

- Emma Cairo

Emma is an intuitive & professional singer, a vølve (a Nordic sorceress) & a certified energy healer. She is inspired by her roots; the spiritual traditions of the North; Seiðr & Galdr – what we today call Nordic shamanism. Emma grew up in Denmark, raised by a Norwegian mother who worked as a therapist and who practiced . Emma’s father was a jazz musician, and Emma gained an interest for both music and spiritual teachings early in life. After moving to L.A. in 2007, Emma started singing professionally in bands in China & Egypt, as well as Las Vegas. When back in L.A. she felt called to work with energy, and she became an energy healer. During a shamanic journey workshop in Sedona, Emma realized she had to use her voice and music for healing and magic.

Christian Morris

Holistic Wellness Admin

"Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up"

- Christian Morris

Christian grew up playing soccer, football and basketball and after a series of injuries decided to learn more about fitness and recovery. He became a NASM and NCCPT certified personal trainer and learned the power of building a strong foundation of physical and mental strength. He feels that anyone can sustain a healthy lifestyle By slowly turning bad habits into good ones, and to be a great competitor/professional one must "trust the process."

Riley Sailer

Esthetician

"It will never be perfect, but perfect is overrated. Perfect is boring ~ Tina Fey"

- Riley Sailer

Riley Sailer is a dog-loving Colorado transplant who originally came out to California to study film before migrating into Esthetics. Her passion for skin care was a first step into redefining not only her career but her own well being. She has found the practice of esthetics to be relaxing and a connecting experience. She has met and shared many stories with dozens of lives and she looks forward to sharing many more.

Chelsea Patt

Yoga Instructor

"When I am on my mat, I become one with myself and always find a sense of inner peace and strength"

- Chelsea Patt

Chelsea is a yoga instructor with a passion for holistic health and wellness. As an athlete and gym-rat for many years, she developed back and shoulder injuries which lead her to find a more gentle way for her body to move. Her gymnastics background helped her flow into yoga with ease and passion. Combining the beautiful simplicity of music and movement has allowed her to grow softer and stronger at the same time by tuning into her body and breath. This has lead her to physical, emotional and spiritual growth on a daily basis. She tries to give her students the same self-awareness in her class so they can too, discover the beauty of this process in their own unique way.

Emma Dewing

Yoga Instructor/Sound Healing

"We are all just walking each other home ~ Ram Dass "

- Emma Dewing

Emma Dewing is a sound healer, singer, and yoga teacher with over 450 hours in yoga certifications. Emma's path to healing started when she found herself sick and struggling after her ballet career was cut short due to a injury, with all these contractions in her life she was left feeling lost but through the power of sound, yoga, meditation and community what was once her biggest contraction became her biggest expansion. Emma's purpose is to help you reconnect to your heart centered self with the same tools that brought her back home to herself.

Tanya Lyle

Nutritionist

"The Struggle is Part of the Story"

- Tanya Lyle

Tanya is a Nutrition and Wellness specialist with her BS in Nutrition and Food Science. She believes in using food as medicine, and is always coming up with creative ways of making healthy eating fun and enjoyable! After graduating college, she realized there was more to health than what she found in textbooks, and went on to study Nutrition with the Global College of Natural Medicine. As a holistic Nutritionist, she practices an integrative approach to nutrition, which looks at all how areas of your life are contributing to your health.

Erica Wright

Massage Therapist/Esthetician/Energy Healing

"Whatever moves you, let's keep you moving"

- Erica Wright

Erica has 15 years of practice in skin care, bodywork, and the healing arts. Along with a strong desire to find natural health solutions for herself and her family, it is her passion to help others achieve their wellness goals. Raised as an athlete, by athletes, she understand the human body's abilities, as well as limitations. This lifetime of experience has focused her desire to work with people to overcome obstacles that may impede performance and well-being. Erica is a Los Angeles native, and a handsome little karate ninja (and a black cat) calls her Mom. She spends her free time with her son; at the beach, hiking, enjoying nature. She is a licensed Esthetician, and Nationally Certified in Massage Therapy and Bodywork.

Rosanna Caira

Harmonyum Healing

"Healing is a beautiful journey towards the greatest expression of our true self and the inner knowing that I am love "

- Rosanna Caira

Rosanna holds a MA in Spiritual Psychology. She is a vegan chef and has been engaged in personal growth and natural healing practices for over 30 years. Healing with plants and nature is Rosanna’s passion. She believes that we hold everything inside of ourselves to heal the parts within that may have temporarily forgotten our own perfection. She envisions the fullest expression of each human (love) as the healer of our collective consciousness. When Rosanna found Harmonyum healing, her body of pain began to purify exponentially. Freedom, purpose and a state of peace and love filled her space.

Jesslyn Shani

Hypnotherapist

"I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul ~ Invictus, By W. Henley"

- Jesslyn Shani

Jesslyn is a certified Hypnotherapist and energy movement healer.

Alejandro Tobon

Sound Healing/Yoga Instructor

"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change ~ Dr Dyer"

- Alejandro Tobon

Alejandro was born in Panama in a very rural area. Having lived in Panama and Colombia, a fresh start was required at the tender age of 13. In this beautiful melting pot, lots of new ideas started to flow! He attended California Healing Arts College in 2009 for massage therapy certification. . Since then yoga has become a lot more than just a physical practice. Many aspects of the yoga attracted him, including the physical practice which made him become more proficient in anatomy and physiology, and the pranayama aspect of the yoga pushed him to become breathwork certified in 2015. Eventually he decided to complete his 200 hour yoga teacher training at IPY and finished it in early 2020. The journey is just now beginning!